I am JIBRIL ACHU
contemporary african artist
‘I was born and raised in Bamenda, in the North West Province of Cameroon where I got inspired to be creative at a very young age. I give gratitude to the mentors who guided me through my career in becoming a professional visual artist today.
My grandfather mentored me from the age of five on how to be a skilful blacksmith in the art of lost wax casting technique in traditional artifacts, but before convincing myself that my direction in life is in visual arts, I had to be motivated by one of Cameroon’s masters of Visual Arts in African abstractionism named Zante Spee. He promised me mentorship if I continued to draw and create arts until I was eighteen.
The Spee Arts And Cultural Centre in Bamenda is a non-governmental organization created by Mr Zante Spee which strives to support the underprivileged youths interested in studying visual arts or other forms of craft work.
When I was finally eighteen I got mentorship at the Spee Art and Cultural Centre in early 2000’s through the senior mentor at that time Mr Angu Walters who is still a successful visual artist today and still based in Bamenda. He also guided me through a couple of local arts exhibitions which were successful, and that same year I received the prize for third runner-up to the national competition in the best collage artists in Cameroon.
I travelled to South Africa in 2006 and registered to study computer science, and obtained a diploma in Information Systems at Johannesburg City College 2009 and a diploma in Graphic Design in 2011 at College Campus Johannesburg .
By the year 2013, I was already established in Johannesburg and have since then been creating and growing my skills’.
‘I explore the fragility of culture and identity in our modern and fast changing world what frequently presents new challenges’.